Plant Care True Christmas Cactus
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True Christmas Cactus

5.0 out of 5 (4 experiences)

True Christmas Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate
True Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Christmas Cactus and Holiday Cactus

Taxonomy

Schlumbergera x buckleyi
Schlumbergera
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for True Christmas Cactus

Water

How often to water your True Christmas Cactus

Water needs for True Christmas Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

True Christmas Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of True Christmas Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for True Christmas Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant True Christmas Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

True Christmas Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

True Christmas Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of True Christmas Cactus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize True Christmas Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for True Christmas Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your True Christmas Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for True Christmas Cactus

True Christmas Cactus

True Christmas Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

True Christmas Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
True Christmas Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
True Christmas Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
True Christmas Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
True Christmas Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
True Christmas Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Paradoxy avatar
@Paradoxy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 169 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
07/22/2021

Hardy plant, fun to grow! If I took care of it better it would bloom more, but that’s why I’m here!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
King-dingus avatar
@King-dingus
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 119 XP
globe Victoria, British Columbia
07/06/2021

Had these guys in the house for my entire childhood, and they grow like mad when they’re in season. My tiny cutting has been sprouting offshoots every three days. Keep to a consistent watering schedule, give them some good light, and you’ll find yourself needing to set up supports soon just to keep it standing until it hardens off! When these guys bloom it’s truly a sight to behold, and never gets old. Recommend one of these for anyone who wants a low maintenance plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily

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